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Fish Kurma

Fish Kurma

Today's recipe is fish Kurma.It is a mild and aromatic fish curry. It is not the traditional Korma where meat or vegetables are cooked in a rich yogurt and cream sauce.The base of this sauce is coconut and to add a rich creamy texture, I added a little of cashew nut and khus-khus/poppy seeds paste.  It taste very close to the Kerala fish molee and can be served with bread,appam or rice.


To marinate
Fish cut into cubes- 1 lb
(Here I have used King fish)
Green chilly  paste- 1 tsp
Ginger garlic paste- 1 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp
Lemon juice- 1/2 lemon
Salt to taste

For the gravy
Onion - 2 medium
Ginger- 1 inch thick
Garlic- 4-5 pods
Green chilly- 3
Coriander powder- 1 1/2 tsp
Coconut - 3/4 cup
Khus khus/poppy seeds- 3 tsp
Cashew nuts-6-8
Pepper powder- 3/4 tsp
Fennel seeds- 1 tsp
Whole garam masala- cinnamon stick 1 inch,
cardomon-2,cloves-4,star anise-1
Curry leaves - a few
Coriander leaves to garnish

Cut fish into cubes and marinate with the ingredients listed and keep aside for 15 minutes. Heat oil in a pan and lightly fry it and keep aside.
Dry roast  poppy seeds in medium flame till there is a nice aroma. Soak cashew nut in warm water for ten minutes.
Make a fine paste of grated coconut,roasted poppy seeds, cashew nuts and fennel seeds.
Make a paste of onion,ginger and garlic and keep aside.
Heat oil in a pan and add the whole garam masala followed by curry leaves. When there is a nice aroma and it changes color add the onion ginger paste and saute till it changes color and oil separates.
Add coriander powder,slit green chilly and pepper powder and fry for a minute. Now add the coconut poppy seeds paste and saute for another  three to four minutes till all the raw flavor disappears and oil separates.
Adjust consistency and salt. I used one cup of  thin coconut milk instead of water but it is optional. Slide in  the fish pieces and simmer for three minute or till the gravy is creamy and thick. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with rice or appam.

Try this..
Hope you will all enjoy.


  1. Very delicious & creamy kuruma,similar to fish molee..Love to have with bread or appam:-)
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  2. Simply mindblowing looking fish kurma. Could you pass me some please :) ?

  3. Have never had fish kurma..looks tempting :)

  4. wow...delicious fish kurma dear :-) loved the spices you have used for the gravy !!!

  5. Looks very creamy and delicious..

  6. awesome kuruma...........yummy

  7. That's an nice, yum and creamy gravy...never made fish this way....looks yum....

  8. i have never tasted Fish kurma...but this looks so creamy and yummy :) kollalo Suja :)

  9. Never tried kurma with fish, gravy looks simply irresistible and fingerlicking.

  10. yummy fish kurma...never tried fish kurma,will try soon..

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  11. hi suja, everytime i come over, i look at your gold color font and wish i have this classy color too... really, over here, we only cook chicken kurma or meat, we add potatoes and a few suitable veggies.. wonder what type of fish is best for this. thanks and have a nice day

  12. Fish kurma looks thick and delicious Suja.

  13. Never heard of this... Looks very tempting

  14. wow lovely creamy kurma... it looks so delectable.. bookmarked

  15. Looks so good! New to me - A kurma with Fish !!

  16. So creamy and tasty..the fish kurma looks really interesting. Have never tried kurma with fish yours looks great.

  17. I dont think I have made fish kurma ever..paneer and chicken yes..this looks very doable and delicious..hugs

  18. Rich and delicious looking kurma...yummm...

  19. Never tasted korma made with Fish. Very interesting and tempting... Will try this.
    Thanks for the post

  20. gr8 recipe Suja,never trid with fish...

  21. wow it never cud get better...gr8 flavours dear

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  23. Ho,sathyamayittum ithu torturing aanu ketto Suja..Extremely thick and delicious curry.Will try this soon.Slurp!

  24. truly tempting..excellent presentation
    Tasty Appetite

  25. Thanks all for stopping by and for the sweet comments:)

  26. Tempting & lovely presentation !!

  27. ooh! sarikkum kothiyavunnu.. wish i had this with vellappam!

  28. Very tempting fish kurma, looks so yummy n creamy.

  29. Never heard of this recipe

  30. Hi Suja manoj,

    I'm Punitha from

    1st time at your space:)

    Nice blog. Neat presentation...

    At your free time do visit my blog Suja...

    Keep it up..

  31. never even thinked abt this dish...luks temtping..


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